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Autogramm Lists Their Top 10 Swimming Holes to Hit While on Tour

Autogramm recently released their album ‘Music That Humans Can Play,’ and today, they join us to run down their top ten swimming holes.



Autogramm, photo by Tyler McLeod

It’s a new chapter in the book of Autogramm as they proceed into a new era of the band. The Vancouver band just released their latest album, Music That Humans Can Play, last month, a record that at one time was no sure thing. It was the height of the COVID pandemic, and people had a lot of time to think. During this time, the group’s members began reconsidering their future. It was a common point of view during this time, thanks to all of the uncertainty.

The members of Autogramm were scattered in separate cities, but sharing ideas remotely ended up providing a necessary spark. They began exchanging ideas back and forth, and it all organically came together upon hitting the studio. What also helped was the addition of Lars Von Seattle to the band. They asked if he would join the band, and they were ecstatic when he said yes. Von Seattle is perhaps best known for being a member of the 2000s band The Catheters. He actually joined the band when things were still remote, which made for an interesting and unconventional recording experience. Once they finally convened in the studio, it all kind of came together rather seamlessly and organically.

When you’re out on tour for weeks on end, you have to find ways to relax. So, joining us today for a very special and unique Top 10 list is Autogramm to detail their ten favourite swimming holes to attend while out on tour.

Autogramm’s Top Ten Swimming Holes to Hit While on Tour

“Part of Autogramm’s MO has always been to have good times and make playing in the band feel like a vacation rather than a commitment. That’s why we’ve spent most of our tour budget on going to places like Mexico and California. But we also like to tour in summer so that we maximize the possibilities of FUN on the road. We’re probably a booking agent’s worst nightmare. Along the way, we’ve been on a mission to find the world’s best swimming holes. Here’s a list of just a few of the amazing places we have gone swimming across the globe…

1. Vancouver Island – Shawnigan Quarry

“A local secret, but ask someone if you’re ever near Shawnigan Lake, BC. Watch out for crawdads and mid-island skids ripped on Lucky Lager!”

2. Chicago – Promontory Point

“Best urban hang and dip at Lake Michigan. The Point juts out into the lake; a beautiful park surrounded by massive granite slabs that have been hung out upon by Chicago lake lovers for ages. Look closely for cool graffiti from the ’40s and ’50s all over those rocks before you jump in.”

Autogramm ‘Music That Humans Can Play’ album artwork

Autogramm ‘Music That Humans Can Play’ album artwork

3. San Diego – Lafayette Hotel

“Best pool in town, and the cocktails are so strong that we’ve been known to sabotage our own show, lose our wallets, and end up eating Caesar salads in Tijuana.”

4. Los Angeles – Manhattan Beach

“A ten-minute drive from LAX. No better place to grab a margarita and frolic in the waves before a flight back to our chilly northern climates.”

5. Ghent, Belgium – Xavier’s Lake

“If you know, you know.”

6. Cologne, Germany – Fühlinger See

C.C. Voltage lived here for a time, so he knows the lay of the land. A cool collection of small lakes connected by bridges and beer gardens and a fabulous view of the Ford factory and a coal plant. Autogramm’s favourite spot to wash off the grime and anxiety left over from the show the night before.”

7. Lübeck, Germany – Timmendorfer Strand

“Our buddy Flo has a pad near the beach here. A beautiful spot on the Baltic Sea. It’s cold as hell, but the beers are, too, so it all evens out!”

8. Fall City, WA, USA – Snoqualmie River

“A chill river float that ends with burgers and beers at biker bar the Last Frontier Saloon.”

9. Hotel Lake, BC – Lakeside Campground

Jiffy (Marx) got married on this lake. It was so hot that The Silo (Von Seattle) just wore his bathing suit the whole weekend, so in all the photos where everyone else is dressed up in their best wedding attire, and The Silo is just rockin’ his damp trunks!”

10. Carrizalillo Beach, Puerto Escondido, Mexico

“We are basically margarita connoisseurs at this point. Nothing beats a legit marg on the beach!”

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Blueprint Music Studios Announces Rockstar Master Class with Simon Wright and Robert Sarzo

Musicians of all levels welcome Blueprint Music Studios, which is turning it up to 11 with experience in mastering the music industry.



Blueprint Music Studios Master Clinic with Simon Wright (AC/DC) And Robert Sarzo (Queensrÿche)
Blueprint Music Studios Master Clinic with Simon Wright (AC/DC) And Robert Sarzo (Queensrÿche)

Musicians of all levels should mark their calendars. Blueprint Music Studios is turning it up to 11 with an electrifying, educational, and memorable experience in mastering the music industry. Join them for the highly anticipated Blueprint Master Clinic featuring legendary musicians Simon Wright (AC/DC, Dio) and Robert Sarzo (Queensrÿche, Hurricane). RSVP today on Eventbrite

Blueprint Music Studios, known for its vibrant, rockstar clientele of musicians around Ventura and Los Angeles counties, is thrilled to introduce the Blueprint Master Classes series at its Westlake Village studio. Serving as the ultimate hub for artists of all genres and ages to nurture their creativity, Blueprint is kicking off its inaugural clinic on Sunday, March 3rd, from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm. This not-to-be-missed event will feature an intimate panel-format session led by music industry veterans Simon Wright (AC/DC, Dio) and Robert “The VuDu Man” Sarzo (Ozzy, Hurricane, Interscope/Universal). The event is a collaboration between Blueprint Music Studios, Radford Media Group, and ReTune Wellness.

Dubbed the Blueprint “Rockstar” Master Class, this event promises attendees an immersive experience as Wright and Sarzo share invaluable insights gleaned from their illustrious careers. Hosted by Blueprint Studios owners Jasan Radford (ONESIDEZERO, CENTERSHIFT) and Ted Wenri (Bemus, CENTERSHIFT), the 5-hour class will delve into the essential elements of thriving in today’s music landscape, drawing from the mentors’ rich tapestry of successes and setbacks. With Wright’s four decades of drumming expertise and Sarzo’s iconic guitar prowess, participants are positioned to gain invaluable knowledge and inspiration to elevate their craft.

Blueprint Music Studios Master Clinic with Simon Wright (AC/DC) And Robert Sarzo (Queensrÿche)

Blueprint Music Studios Master Clinic with Simon Wright (AC/DC) And Robert Sarzo (Queensrÿche)

Event Co-partner, The Radford Media Group, is an all-inclusive music management and artist development company based out of Westlake Village. ReTune Wellness was founded by professional musicians, scientists, and board-certified doctors to provide specialized products for musicians. Since its inception in 2023, Blueprint Music Studios has emerged as a premier destination for musicians across various genres, providing a nurturing environment for practice and recording. From aspiring students to established artists, Blueprint’s dedicated team stands ready to support projects of all sizes, ensuring every artist’s vision comes to life.

Rockstar Master Class Itinerary:

– Attracting A&R and labels in today’s climate
– Best practice techniques
– Securing studio gigs
– Networking
– Marketing
– The dos and don’ts in 2024 for musicians
– How to excel at guitar and drums

Purchase Master Clinic tickets via Eventbrite

When – March 3rd, 2024
Where – Blueprint Studios
Time – 11:30 am – 4:30 pm PST
Cost – $299.99
Address – 31143 Via Colinas ##506 Westlake Village, CA 91362
Phone – 818.874.3090

Blueprint Music Studios Master Class flyer

Blueprint Music Studios Master Class flyer

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Album News

Three Second Kiss Releasing First LP in Twelve Years via Overdrive Records

Three Second Kiss is back after 12 years, the band sets out to release their newest LP, From Fire I Save The Flame later this year.



Three Second Kiss, photo courtesy of Three Second Kiss
Three Second Kiss, photo courtesy of Three Second Kiss

This is not a self-celebratory message. This is not a reunion. This is not even a proper press kit. These lines are just to communicate details related to the production of a record. Because Three Second Kiss is back after 12 years with a new work. An infinite amount of time when compared to the times of the contemporary music market. A chasm. But what was up to Three Second Kiss?

“In fact, we never stopped.” comments the band, talking about what is about to become the new chapter in their career. Twelve years between their previous: “Nine tracks that do not pick up the band’s musical discourse where it was left off. At least to our ears it doesn’t sound the way we were.” stress the members of Three Second Kiss.

As active as the trio was initially, in 1993, Three Second Kiss is happy to share the details of their signing announcement:

“We are happy that this album is coming out on Overdrive Records. We believe that the people who work there are driven by a sincere passion for the most direct and incisive music. We got to know some members of this family and we think we share the same musical history; we grew up with the same sounds and a sincere and unmediated attitude towards the musical world.”

After all, the time issue has never been a concern for Three Second Kiss, who has always operated autonomously and independently. This time, however, time has run fast. And there is not much to say about that. The members stress:

“These are the pains (many) and joys of adult life. We stopped when life forced us to stop. We regained purpose and cohesion when environmental circumstances and harmony got flowing again. And from the chasm, we have risen again.”

Three Second Kiss would release their newest LP, From Fire I Save The Flame later this year. Follow the band on social media and subscribe to Overdrive Records to get all the newest details.

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Sean Lafontaine Releases Electrifying Single “Sliver”

Sean Lafontaine, continues to carve his path through the rock landscape with the release of his electrifying single “Sliver.”



Sean Lafontaine, photo by Sean Lafontaine
Sean Lafontaine, photo by Sean Lafontaine

Sean Lafontaine, the Detroit-born, Duluth-raised powerhouse musician, continues to carve his path through the rock landscape by releasing his electrifying single, “Sliver.” Serving as the second installment from his highly anticipated EP, Thorn, Sliver, Smolder, Lafontaine once again proves his prowess in delivering hard-hitting, adrenaline-pumping rock music that resonates with listeners across generations.

“Sliver” wastes no time in making its presence known, opening with the primal roar of a thunderstorm before erupting into a relentless torrent of driving hard rock. Seamlessly blending elements of classic rock with a contemporary edge, Lafontaine navigates through the song’s labyrinthine grooves, exuding a palpable sense of power and confidence with every chord struck and every beat hammered.

Following the success of his previous single “Thorn,” which made waves with its premiere on Canadian Beats, Lafontaine solidified his position as a force to be reckoned with in the rock scene. Drawing on his diverse musical influences and experiences, Lafontaine crafts a sonic journey that captivates the senses and leaves an indelible mark on the listener’s psyche.

“Sliver” is not merely a song; it’s a sonic tempest, a raw manifestation of Lafontaine’s unbridled passion and unwavering dedication to his craft. From its thunderous opening to its climactic conclusion, “Sliver” is a testament to Lafontaine’s ability to harness the raw energy of guitar-driven rock music and channel it into a transcendent auditory experience.

As Lafontaine teases audiences with glimpses of what’s to come from Thorn, Sliver, Smolder, anticipation reaches a fever pitch. With each release, Lafontaine proves himself to be a true rock maestro, forging ahead with an unyielding spirit and an insatiable hunger for musical innovation.

Sean Lafontaine "Sliver" single artwork

Sean Lafontaine “Sliver” single artwork

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